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Important Information

This is where you will find your critical information about living in Woodland Heights

Winter 2023
Garbage Collection

Huntsville's bi-weekly Winter garbage collection schedule will be from November - May. Garbage will be collected only every second week through the winter. 


Please Note: Green Bin and Blue Box collection continues Weekly, on Thursdays, year-round. 

Any questions? Phone 705-645-6764 (District of Muskoka)


Waste Management 

On Thursdays, we are asked to have our bins at the end of our driveways by 7 a.m. 

Putting your garbage out the night before is not advisable as animals are very apt to get into them. 

With the safety of collection crews in mind, we are asked to put loose garbage and small bags of garbage in a large household-size opaque (usually black) garbage bag ( please do not use oversized construction bags; they will not fit in the slot in the collection truck. 

Loose garbage in cans or bins will not be collected. Bags must be self-tied/sealed. 

Household hazardous waste depots and electronic waste depots are also available through the town. Check out or call 705-645-6764 for more information. 

Leaf and Yard
Waste Collection

Yard collection is four times annually - twice in the spring (usually May) and twice in the fall (usually October). Bags at the end of your driveway by 7 a.m. on the assigned day. 


Check out or call 705-645-6764 for more information


Water, Well, and Septic

Huntsville Water Testing Location 

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit 

34 Chaffey Street


The building is known as "the pink house". From King William, turn north on Chaffey - Wimpy's Diner is on that corner. #34 is on your right at the curve as Chaffey joins West Road. 


Water samples may be dropped off between Monday to Thursday 8:30am-2:30pm (closed between 12:30-1:30pm). Never drop off bottles on Fridays! 


Times might vary for holiday closures. If in doubt, call Your Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520

Sample Bottle

We are providing a special Health Unit sample bottle. This type of bottle must be used for water testing. The bottles have a shelf life; the one provided will be good until the date on the wrapper as long as the cap is not removed before you are ready to test your water. Additional bottles may be obtained from the Health Unit. Please carefully read the instructions enclosed with the bottle and complete the forms. 

Pet Safety

We all love our pets and wish to keep them safe... especially from road traffic. 


Pets love the freedom of our large properties without fences but please be watchful of potential dangers. 

Enjoy the rolling hills, the scenery, our beautiful nature sanctuary with your pets. However, keep dogs on a leash; sometimes bears will follow off-leash dogs. 

Please remember to always scoop your dogs poop, thank you! 



Although bear sightings are rare in Woodland Heights, the Ontario Provincial Police remind residents to be safe when bears come out of hibernation. Here are some simple precautions to take during spring, summer, and early fall: 

  • Store garbage in waste containers with tight-fitting lids. 

  • Put out garbage and green bins only on the morning of pickup. 

  • Do not put food out for the deer 

  • Avoid putting bird seed and suet out between mid-April and mid-November (Neighbours have had good luck with nectar for hummingbirds by having window feeders well above the reach of bears.)

  • Pick fruit and berries as they ripen. Don't let them rot on the ground. 

  • Clean outdoor barbecue grills after each use, including the grease trap underneath. Bears will be drawn by smells from great distances, including grease and food residue on grills. 

  • Keep dogs on a leash; sometimes bears will follow off-leash dogs. 

*NOTE: If a bear is posing an immediate threat to public safety by exhaling threatening or aggressive behaviour, call 911 or your local police. 

For more information, please visit the Ministry of Natural resources and Forestry website at

Burning Guidelines

Every owner shall ensure that all open air on their land complies with the Outdoor Burning By-law. For a copy of the By-law call the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department at 705-789-5201 or online at or

For the daily Fire Danger Rating in Muskoka call: 1-877-847-1577

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